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Published June 2, 2023

The Nation’s First High-Speed Train Will Cut Travel Time Between Las Vegas and Los Angeles in Half

The high-speed rail will transform transportation and make long-distance travel a breeze. 🚆⚡

by Las Vegas Bucket List


A game-changing transportation solution is on the horizon for travelers journeying between Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Brightline West, a leading rail operator, has joined forces with the High-Speed Rail Labor Coalition to embark on an ambitious project—the nation's first high-speed rail system. This train will seamlessly connect a station in Apple Valley, located east of Los Angeles, to Las Vegas along Interstate 15. With a swift cruising speed of 200 miles per hour, passengers can anticipate completing the 218-mile trip in just 85 minutes, cutting travel time in half compared to driving. 

The collaboration between Brightline West and the High-Speed Rail Labor Coalition represents a significant step forward in meeting the growing demand for high-speed rail in the United States. Thirteen rail worker unions, encompassing a workforce of 160,000 freight, regional, commuter, and passenger railroad employees, are dedicated to delivering this cutting-edge transportation solution to the American public.

The trains will be fully electric and emission-free. Powered by one of the greenest power providers in the U.S., a majority of power will come from emission-free sources, with plans to pursue programs that will guarantee 100% emission-free power by or before 2045. Brightline is also designing the pathway with wildlife in mind. Certain dedicated overcrossings will provide a sustainable and safe path for wildlife over the existing northbound and southbound highway lanes.

To ensure seamless connectivity between Apple Valley and the greater Los Angeles area, Brightline West plans to extend the rail line to a Metrolink station in Rancho Cucamonga. This integration will enable passengers to effortlessly transfer to Metrolink trains, opening up a plethora of travel possibilities within Southern California. The collaboration has generated excitement among Metrolink officials, who recognize the potential for attracting new passengers to their commuter rail system.

The construction of this landmark project is set to commence later this year, bringing along a host of benefits. Not only will the development create numerous job opportunities, but it will also revolutionize travel between the two cities. As the primary market of origin for Las Vegas visitors, Los Angeles residents and tourists alike will benefit from the enhanced accessibility and convenience. The high-speed rail system is expected to be completed in 2027.

For more information and updates, visit the Brightline West website.



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